[MARMAM] Comment Period Closing for NMFS Northern Right Whale Research EIS

Latusek, Jennifer N. JENNIFER.N.LATUSEK at saic.com
Thu Jan 26 07:42:11 PST 2006


This announcement is a reminder that all comments regarding the preparation
of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by the National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS) on northern right whale research in the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans must be submitted by January 31, 2006.  NMFS invites the public,
including permit holders, researchers and scientists from all disciplines,
elected officials, regulatory agencies, environmental groups, and other
interested parties to provide input on the range of actions, alternatives,
and impacts that should be considered in the EIS. 

The EIS will address the information needs for species conservation,
including the types of research activities available for collecting samples
and data and the appropriate levels of research intensity, including
temporal and geographic extent of activities, sample sizes, and frequency of
sampling.  The EIS will also address appropriate mitigation measures and
potential cumulative impacts of research activities on right whales and the
environment. 

As the initial step in the EIS process, NMFS hosted a series of public
scoping meetings in New Bedford, MA (November 2005); San Diego, CA (December
2005); and Silver Spring, MD (January 2006).  

Comments must be submitted in writing by January 31, 2006 in one of the
following ways: 

Email: rweis.comments at noaa.gov 

Fax: 301-427-2582 

Mail to: Mr. Steve Leathery 
Office of Protected Resources 
Permits, Conservation, and Education Division (F/PR1) 
National Marine Fisheries Service 
1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705 
Silver Spring, MD 20910 

For additional information about the EIS, please visit our website: 
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/eis/rightwhale.htm
<http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/eis/rightwhale.htm>  

or one of the established information repositories below: 

New Bedford Library
613 Pleasant Street 
New Bedford, MA 02740 

La Jolla/Riford Branch Library
7555 Draper Avenue 
San Diego, CA  92037 

NOAA Central Library
1315 East-West Highway 
2nd Floor, SSMC3 
Silver Spring, MD  20910 

 

 

Jennifer N. Latusek

Science Applications International Corporation 

NEPA Specialist/Marine Scientist

M. Environmental Management

1140 Eglin Parkway

Shalimar, FL  32579

(850) 609-3479

 

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